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FILM: The Alternative Iraq Enquiry (18) + Panel

 The Alternative Iraq Enquiry


24 January 2011, 19:00–21:00 (PAST EVENT)
Watershed Media Centre, Bristol (see map)

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The Alternative Iraq Enquiry (45m) was made by David Lawley-Wakelin, freelance documentary filmmaker, who was so incensed by the Iraq war that he made the bold statement from the audience of Question Time that Tony Blair was a liar prepared to kill in the name of oil. On this premise, Lawley-Wakelin travels to Iraq to ask its citizens and military personnel whether they agreed with him. Questioning the motives of the war and the responsibilities for its atrocities on both sides of the Atlantic, The Alternative Iraq Enquiry asks the fundamental question: Should Tony Blair be taken to the Hague and tried for crimes against peace? The film is followed by a panel discussion with director David Lawley-Wakelin, Christina Zaba (NUJ) and Dr Eric Herring, Reader in International Politics, University of Bristol. Eric Herring has conducted research on the sanctions on Iraq, including fieldwork in Iraq in April 2002 plus interviews at the UN in New York and at the Foreign Office in London. He also acted at academic adviser to John Pilger for his documentary Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq (2000) and is coauthor of Iraq in Fragments: The Occupation and its Legacy (2006). The panel will be chaired by Festival of Ideas Director Andrew Kelly.

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  1. Sven Brasc says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Note: I am not a lawyer, I merely present some facts and deductions.

    In the Chilcot Inquiry several witnesses have said the invasion was illegal, but they have not yet said why the invasion was illegal. Thanks to Mr Blair’ submission, it appears that illegality follows from a clear deductive path, independent of the pronouncements of the Attorney General.

    Chilcot Enquiry evidence
    Although it is clearly impossible to prove the invasion was “right”, (not least because the criteria are legion) the inquiry has revealed an outline of an argument for illegality:

    1) Mr Blair asserted (Chilcot Enquiry, 29/1/10) regarding resolution 1441, [1], “Yes, 1441 was ambiguous”. That being the case, the only way to decide its intentions was to refer to its source (the Security Council), either seeking clarification, or by proposing a second resolution, [2], incorporating and so testing the debatable part of [1]. This could have given a definitive legal justification for actions.
    As [2] was withdrawn, Mr Blair relied upon phrases of the Attorney General, such as “a good case could be made”, and later to “the better line”. These derived from syntactic analyses of [1], so could not possibly resolve an intrinsic ambiguity in [1] and to provide justification of an invasion. If no other vindication of invasion is available, it follows that it was illegal.

    Sven Brasc
    Bristol

  2. david lawley-wakelin says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Sven ,
    Thank you for taking the time with your informed comment .
    Not only was the Iraq war illegal as is made clear in Tom Bingham’s book ‘The Rule of law ( Britain’s most eminent judge) but is is also clear that Blair knew quite well that he stood to make millions from the invasion ..
    Please see the following links and let me know what you think !
    http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=9848
    and The NY Times
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/30/business/j-p-morgan-selected-to-run-new-trade-bank-in-iraq.html
    and low and behold this from the BBC
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7186975.stm
    To my mind him and Bush just thought they would be heroes ..it would all be over in a matter of months and all the business dealings which followed would have gone unnoticed .. Sadly it wasn’t over in months and I’m afraid Messrs Bush and Blair were caught with their grubby hands in the till..
    The Hague for crimes against Peace is the only place left for them …

  3. Felicity Arbuthnot says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22873

  4. Atticus Finch says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    You complete knob

  5. Anthonyx says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Congratulations on saying directly to Blair what just about everyone knows in this country, the wrong person was arrested today!

  6. Atticus Finch King of projection says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Atticus Finch the sort of man who name calls….

    What rot Atticus ! David has beliefs and stands up for them. He will be dealt with by the law justly let us hope, as society proscribes. Blair has escaped Justice and made wheelbarrows full of cash if allegations are true. He definitely did not conform to his societal conventions (perhaps he did with centuries of war under our belts).

  7. delftse_student says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Too bad I can’t find the documentary neither on youtube nor of piratebay.

  8. jay says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    BRAVO david lawley-wakelin! – assured that mother**cker Bliar will burn at some point. Also congratulations on humiliating the allotted security personel and breeching a supposedly secure environment.

  9. GRAHAMC says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Well done David. You make a very important point:
    However high or low an individual, nobody is above the law of the land – Except, obviously, dilettantes able to commit possible libel and slander and break the criminal law – as they see fit. Wasn’t there somebody who made a career of this in Germany, some decades ago?

  10. Hackmuth says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I caught you on Leverson and then found this website. Good for you… and us.

  11. Alejo says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    David! Bravo! I’m impressed by your courage, strengh and powerful voice. I hope you’ll be heard by many. The one in 1000 people who dares to stand up and shout the truth out…!!! :D The other 999 are just stupid… ;)

  12. Noemi says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you David, you are voice of the people.
    Blair will not be able to take his millions when he burns in hell.

  13. Noemi says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    David you have courage, thank you for saying what millions think.
    Blair will not be able to take his millions when the last day of his life in this planet.
    Keep up the good work David

  14. clare says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    At last we have heard a truth at the Leveson Inquiry. Thank you for your peaceful and clear protest and statement.

  15. jay says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    david’s claims were really quite specific regards amounts of money and agreements made, does anyone have any idea what his sources are? how or why would one have access to such details even?

  16. Tony Blair Accused Of War Crimes By Protester At Leveson Inquiry | Colombo Telegraph says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    [...] As the protester was bundled away he told reporters he was a freelance documentary film-maker who has made a 45-minute film entitled The Alternative Iraq Enquiry. [...]

  17. LED Lighting News » Blog Archive » Tony Blair at the Leveson inquiry says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    [...] and Here’s the background on Leveson protestor…presumably he’s being held till police arrive at court. ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=559 [...]

  18. Vega says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for the protest,
    Thanks from Spain.

  19. JOHN NAGLE says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    All was quite in the cosy sitting of the Law Courts then out of the blue came the voice who,s words spoke for many,s of us watching from our front room without a voice What will the good and the powerful do for that we wait and see. At least we have one good man who will stand up for all the dead of a war nobody wanted apart from the powerful few.

  20. Tony Blair at the Leveson inquiry – as it happened | High Paradise says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    [...] and Here’s the background on Leveson protestor…presumably he’s being held till police arrive at court. ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=559 [...]

  21. Gaussian Integer says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Well done, David -if only something like this could happen whenever/wherever Blair appears in public… I’d like to watch your ‘Alternative Iraq Enquiry’ – is it available as a download/torrent etc? thanks

  22. Keith Kite says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    ‘Sven’, what an astounding coincidence, I too am not a lawyer!

    But maybe if we checked with any six year old they’d tell us that to kill hundreds of thousands of people while knowing there is no reason to is not only wrong and illegal, but a very, very, very big sin.

    Do we need to be lawyers now to know what a six year old knows, Sven?

  23. Blair: I decided not to take on the media | Social Media Blog Sites says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    [...] and Here’s the background on Leveson protestor…presumably he’s being held till police arrive at court. ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=559 [...]

  24. Blair: press attacks 'crossed the line' | Social Media Blog Sites says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 5:45 am

    [...] and Here’s the background on Leveson protestor…presumably he’s being held till police arrive at court. ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=559 [...]

  25. Tony Blair at the Leveson inquiry | Social Media Blog Sites says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    [...] and Here’s the background on Leveson protestor…presumably he’s being held till police arrive at court. ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=559 [...]

  26. Tony Blair accused of war crimes by protester at Leveson inquiry says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 4:34 am

    [...] As the protester was bundled away he told reporters he was a freelance documentary film-maker who has made a 45-minute film entitled The Alternative Iraq Enquiry. [...]

  27. Quand Tony Blair devient criminel de guerre | Histoire Non Dite says:
    June 15th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    [...] son premier coup d’éclat. Réalisateur du documentaire de quarante-cinq minutes intitulé The Alternative Iraq Enquiry (“L’Enquête alternative sur l’Irak“), il avait été sous la lumière des [...]

  28. Mark Golding says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Yes Sven
    The bulk of the premise for justifying a dead court system re the legality of the Iraq war comprises:
    1. Full proof Iraq dossier. Compiled from faulty intelligence in 2002
    2. Full proof pronouncements made public by Lord Goldsmith in 2003 concerning the legality of implementing resolution 1441. Compiled from data unknown
    3. Full proof official conclusion reached by the Chilcot enquiry in 2010 that the legal basis for the Iraq War is intact. Based on syntactical analysis of an ambiguous dictat and on evidence given by members of the Establishment who are ALL gagged by the OSA.
    4. Full proof bullshit from a Government run obfuscation system called ‘The Pariliamentary Standing Committee of Comedians and Jugglers’.

  29. david lawley-wakelin says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Dear Mark ,
    Thanks….love it

    4. Full proof bullshit from a Government run obfuscation system called ‘The
    Pariliamentary Standing Committee of Comedians and Jugglers’.

  30. david lawley-wakelin says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 12:05 am

    4. Full proof bullshit from a Government run obfuscation system called ‘The
    Pariliamentary Standing Committee of Comedians and Jugglers’.

    love it

  31. peter says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hi David I just want to say thank you for your courage at leveson. I despise Blair, always have and I just pray that he will pay for his crimes one day thanks buddy

  32. David Lawley-Wakelin says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    https://www.facebook.com/events/249334218525655

    Please support me here ..Thanks so much …David

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